DETROIT (AP) – Cairo Santos posted a 28-yard field goal to end the game to give the Chicago Bears a 16-14 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday.
The Bears (4-7) ended a five-game losing streak under struggling coach Matt Nagy, who was answering questions about his employment status less than 48 hours before kick-off .
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The Lions (0-10-1) made many mistakes, sooner and later, to extend their slippage to 15 games dating back to their most recent victory almost a year ago in Chicago.
Andy Dalton, starting in place of injured rookie Justin Fields, led the Bears on an 18-game, 69-yard run that took the last minute at 8:30 a.m.
Dalton converted a third and 5 with a 13-yard pass to Damiere Byrd to bring the Bears into midfield. Detroit helped later, giving them 5 yards on a penalty for calling back-to-back no-play timeouts in between.
In the next snap, Dalton converted the third and fourth with a 7-yard pass to Byrd. With just one timeout, which first-year coach Dan Campbell used to set up his disorganized defense, Dalton was able to kneel down to cut the clock down to 1 second before calling a timeout to set up the Santos’ third basket.
Dalton finished 24 of 39 for 317 yards with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham at the end of the first half and an interception.
Jared Goff, returning from a one-game absence with an oblique injury, finished 21 of 25 for 171 with two touchdowns. Goff threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds in his first practice and a 17-yard pass to TJ Hockenson in the bottom of the third that helped Detroit take a 14-13 lead that it did all. just failed to keep.
Dalton didn’t make a lot of mistakes, but Detroit cornerback Amani Oruwariye took advantage of one of them when he appeared in front of a wide receiver to retrieve a pass in the end zone to the end of the second quarter. Oruwariye brought joy to Lions fans in need, celebrating the interception by having his teammates sit in the end zone to be served imaginary football food.
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Santos scored his second field goal just before half-time to give the visitors a 13-7 lead.
Bear: Fields missed the game after injuring his ribs in Sunday’s loss to Baltimore. … WR Marquise Goodwin (foot), LBs Roquan Smith (hamstrings) and Sam Kamara (concussion) left the game with injuries.
Lions: RB D’Andre Swift injured his right shoulder in the second quarter and was not allowed to return, knocking out the best player of the offensively challenged team. … CB Bobby Price (shoulder) and LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shoulder) were also injured during the match.
Bear: Arizona host December 5.
Lions: welcome Minnesota on December 5.
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